Coronavirus

Update Friday, 5 June

For your convenience, Westtoer has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions & answers on the measures against the spread of the coronavirus in West-Vlaanderen.

From 8 June most of the tourist and recreational activities can resume! As of now, freedom is the rule and no-nos the exception.

Any activities that remain prohibited are so because they would entail overly close contact between people or mass gatherings or because the specific protocols - i.e. specific rules for a given sector - haven’t been finalised yet.
 

Questions

  1. Can (foreign) tourists holiday in Belgium?
  2. How many people can I meet at any one time?
  3. Have sporting and cultural activities been given the green light yet?
  4. Can I stay in hotels, B&Bs… again?
  5. Can I stay in my second residence (e.g. at the Belgian Coast) again?
  6. When can I set off in my camper, camper van or motorhome?
  7. Can I go out for a meal again?
  8. Are the scheduled events still going ahead?
  9. Have the museums and attractions reopened yet?
  10. When will theme parks, indoor playgrounds, cinemas, swimming pools, saunas and spas reopen?
  11. Where can I find answers to general coronavirus-related questions?

     

Answers

1. Can (foreign) tourists holiday in Belgium?

  • From 8 June, residents of Belgium can go on multi-day trips within the country again
  • Come 15 June, Belgium will be reopening its borders for residents of EU countries, the United Kingdom and the other 4 Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway).
  • The conditions for travel outside of Europe still have to be decided on in the light of the outcome of the talks at European level.
    (Source)

2. How many people can I meet at any one time?

  • From 8 June you are free to meet up with 10 different people on top of the members of your own household. The group can change on a weekly basis and this rule applies per individual person.
  • When meeting people outside of your own household, the group cannot number more than 10 people, children included. This applies both to indoor and outdoor gatherings, so also at home, in restaurants, holiday accommodation and parks.

3. Have sporting and cultural activities been given the green light yet?

  • Yes, but they have to be supervised and are subject to a number of restrictions: up to a maximum of 20 people in June and up to a maximum of 50 people in July and always on condition that social distancing is practised.
  • You are free to walk, cycle... for recreational purposes unaccompanied provided your group does not number more than 10 people. (See question 2)

4. Can I stay in hotels, B&Bs… again?

  • Indeed! That being said, capacity remains capped (at a maximum of 10 people (including children) per rental unit) and accommodation providers do have to put a number of safety measures in place. They can open their restaurant, bar, communal breakfast room again subject to a number of conditions, such as no more than 10 persons per table, a distance of 1.5 m between tables, no buffets, waiters must wear masks, closing time is 01:00 in the morning, being adhered to.
  • Booked your stay already? Enquire with the accommodation provider about the options.

5. Can I stay in my second residence (e.g. at the Belgian Coast) again?

  • Yes, owners and tenants with a rental contract of no less than one year can stay in their second residence in Belgium again.
  • A second residence means:
    • A villa, bungalow, cottage or apartment
    • A holiday home in a permanent location (e.g. a mobile home).

6. When can I set off in my camper, camper van or motorhome again?

  • From 8 June you can go on one-day or multi-day trips within Belgium again.
  • Come 15 June also the borders will reopen and you will be able to travel to other countries too (provided the countries in question welcome people living in Belgium).

7. Can I go out for a meal again?

  • Pubs, bars and restaurants are allowed to open their doors again from 8 June but a number of conditions apply.
    Inter alia:
    • A distance of 1.5 m between tables.
    • A maximum of 10 persons per table.
    • Patrons have to stay at their own table.
    • Waiters have to wear masks.
    • All hospitality businesses can stay open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
  • Not all businesses will be allowed to open their doors again straightaway. Many businesses will operate a strict reservation system. So, to avoid disappointment, make sure to enquire in advance!

8. Are the scheduled events still going ahead?

  • Public gatherings (for instance fun fairs, village fairs...) remain banned until 1 August but will be allowed to gradually resume thereafter. However, as announced earlier, mass gatherings will remain banned up to and including 31 August.
  • Until further notice from the National Security Council, cultural and sporting events accommodating a seated audience of maximum 200 persons will be able to resume from 1 July provided social distancing is practised and the protocols are strictly adhered to.
  • For event-specific information, please contact the organisers.

9. Have the museums and attractions reopened yet?

  • Museums and cultural attractions (historic buildings and monuments, castles, citadels) have been allowed to open again since 18 May but they must operate a ticketing system and take the necessary measures to ensure that they don’t become overly crowded.

10. When will the theme parks, indoor playgrounds, cinemas, swimming pools, saunas and spas reopen?

  • All of the above remain closed for the time being.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas will be allowed to reopen on 1 July (as announced by the National Security Council on 3 June). This date is subject to evaluation and the decisions of the National Security Council.

11. Where can I find answers to general coronavirus-related questions?

  • You will always find the latest updates at national level on the website of the FPS Health: www.info-coronavirus.be. This website contains a host of information, including a list of FAQ that is continuously updated under the supervision of a group of experts and virologists.
  • New developments and hygiene-related advice to protect yourself against this virus are also posted via its twitter-account and facebook-page.
  • If you have any further questions after you’ve read the information, you can always contact the FPS Health at:

General prevention - 6 golden rules for personal conduct

  • The hygiene measures are and remain essential: wash your hands, don’t shake hands and don’t kiss when you greet people.
  • Indoors or out? Where possible, always opt for outdoor activities. If that proves impossible, make sure that the venue is sufficiently ventilated.
  • Do you meet people belonging to the risk group? Make sure to take extra precautions!
  • The social-distancing rules continue to apply, except for:
    • People from the same household.
    • Children under the age of 12 years among each another.
    • Your extended bubble (of 10 persons per week).
    • Impossible to practise social distancing? Then always wear a face mask/covering.
  • From 8 June you are permitted to have closer contact with 10 different people on top of the members of your own household.  The group can change on a weekly basis and this rule applies per individual person.
  • When you get together with people from outside of your household, the group cannot number more than 10 people, children included.
  • This applies both to indoor and outdoor gatherings, so also at home, in restaurants, holiday accommodation and parks.
     

Disclaimer

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